When I was training this past fall at 24 Hour Fitness, my trainer was awesome enough to lend me a BodyBugg to use. I returned it today because I haven't been using it and he needs it for some of his other clients. But, I'm cool with that, because I just got a FitBit last week! Having had experience with both gadgets, here are my comparisons, in case anyone here is thinking of getting one or the other! Sorry in advance that this is going to be long.
BodyBugg: You wear the BodyBugg on an armband around the upper part of your left arm. It has sensors that have contact with your skin. The first few days wearing the BodyBugg, it was no problem. Even a week or two in, it was fine. Then, it started to get annoying. It has a velcro bit on it so you can adjust how it fits. And it started poking me... and my skin was not pleased. I had a little bit of a rash where I was wearing the armband. Also, unless you are wearing a longsleeve shirt, the BodyBugg is very obvious.
FitBit: The FitBit is small, and there are many ways and places to wear it. You can clip it to an article of clothing, a pocket, a belt, or you can put it in a little holder and use that to clip it to something. Or, you can just throw it in your pocket. I like to clip mine to the center of my bra - no one even knows I am wearing it, except for me. Nice!
BodyBugg: To get any information off your BodyBugg, you have to log into their website, and plug your BodyBugg into your computer via a USB cable. Then, it can tell you how many calories you have burned. Their website also has a food compontent where you can log your food. Okay. Their graphs and charts and stuff are cool. But their food database? HORRIBLE. TERRIBLE. Seriously awful. It is very limited and at least on my computer (a MacBook) took for-freaking-ever to load anything. I cannot tell you how many times I got so frustrated trying to log my food that I just quit logging for the day. Sometimes it would take me upwards of half an hour to log my food on the BodyBugg website.
FitBit: The FitBit has a display on the device. It has 1 button, and you can press the button repeatedly to scroll through information, including Steps Taken, Distance, Calories Burned, and Floors Climbed. It also has a clock. And a cute flower that gets bigger the more active you are. I like that you can check where you are at anytime of the day, even if you aren't near your computer! FitBit comes with a charger that also transmits your data to the FitBit website every 15 minutes if you are in range of it. (It has to be plugged into your computer for this to work - also with a USB cable.) I like that you don't HAVE to take it off and plug it in to see your results on the website. The FitBit website also communicates with MFP, if you so choose. (I DO!) That means I can log all my food over here at MFP, and MFP will tell FitBit what my calorie consumption is. If I exercise, FitBit will send a calorie admustment to MFP that adjusts my daily goal - that means I don't have to add my exercise on MFP in order to get my exercise calories. Yay! Less work for me. Plus, the MFP database is leaps and bounds ahead of BodyBugg's. It takes just a minute or two to enter food on MFP.
Both devices charge by being plugged into your computer via USB cable.
BodyBugg: When you first set up the BodyBugg there is a lot to do. The website takes you through a guided questionaire that asks the regular stuff like age, weight, height, but then also makes you fill out a long series of questions regarding food and lifestyle. It took about 20 minutes.
FitBit: To set up the FitBit, you plug in the base to your computer, and put the FitBit on the base. It asks you the same basic stuff as the BodyBugg - but stops after the basics. It was quite a bit quicker and easier than I expected.
Both devices require setting up accounts on their websites - this part is pretty fast and is basically putting in your email and selecting a password.
BodyBugg: I actually had to go to the website to find out how much a BodyBugg costs. BodyBuggs start at $129 and come with a limited-term membership on their website. After however long that is (I think it is like 5-7 months), you have to start paying for a membership to the BodyBugg website if you want to keep using it to track your information. At least, this is how I think it works. If I am incorrect here, feel free to correct me!
FitBit: My FitBit was $99. The use of the FitBit website is free. The use of MFP is free.
I'm not going to do 2 different things here - I think both of these work pretty well in terms of accuracy. Sometimes the FitBit overestimates the flights of stairs I climb, but that is due to the fact that it calculates stairs by elevation gain. Living in Denver... I think I'm just going to have to put up with it not gauging my stairs accurately. Oh well.
One more thing I like about the FitBit - if you didn't think it logged something accurately, it allows you to manually enter the activity/calories on their website. I never did figure out how, or even if you could, do that with the BodyBugg.
One thing the FitBit does that the BodyBugg does not, is track your sleep. You definitely keep wearing your BodyBugg while you sleep, but it doesn't really track anything at all. The FitBit has a soft wrist holder for sleep, and you let it know you are going to sleep by holding down the button for 3 seconds until a stopwatch starts going. When you wake up in the morning, hold down the button again and turn the stopwatch off. This is how the FitBit knows how long you were asleep. It will also tell you how often you wake up during the night, and how efficient your sleep was. This past Wednesday night I slept for 9 hours and 15 minutes, and woke up 7 times in the night. My sleep efficiency for that night was 98%. This isn't necessarily something you need - but it is a pretty neat thing to track!
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FitBit. At least for me. =)
Okay... that is all I can think of to compare for now. If you have questions about one or the other, or have an idea of what else to compare - please let me know and I will edit the blog to include it! Hope this is helpful!